Our Latest News

Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Sarah Island

Chronology

Chronology of Events

Dec. 1815 Capt. James Kelly becomes the first European to enter Macquarie Harbour.

Jan. 1822 Penal settlement on Sarah Island begins with Lt. Cuthbertson as Commandant.

Sept. 1822 Alexander Pearce, the 'cannibal' convict, first escapes with eight others.

April 1823 Lt. Cuthbertson drowns in the Harbour.

June 1824 Matthew Brady escapes, followed by two years 'on the run'.

Nov. 1833 The settlement officially closes.

Jan. 1834 Convicts remaining at the settlement to complete the Frederick, seize the ship and make their escape.

April 1846 The settlement re-opens as a convict probation station.

April 1847 The probation station closes.

1850-1880s Sarah Island used as a camp for piners.

Feb. 1926 Sarah Island gazetted as a tourist reserve.

1971 Sarah and Grummet Islands declared an Historic Site.

1982 The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area proclaimed.